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  • Writer's pictureKristina Carroll

From Shingles to Skylights: A Comprehensive Guide to Roof Repair and Maintenance

At Mountain Drainage Solutions we perform regular maintenance that has our technicians looking at the roof & gutters on a consistent basis. This assessment is part of all gutter cleaning service but can be scheduled individually. At least once a year if not a couple times a year you want to make sure your roof & gutters are thoroughly inspected.

Roof repair is of utmost importance for several reasons

Protection from the elements: A properly functioning roof is crucial for protecting your home and its occupants from the elements. It acts as the first line of defense against rain, snow, wind, and other weather conditions. A damaged or compromised roof can lead to water leaks, structural damage, and interior water damage.

Preventing further damage: Prompt roof repairs can help prevent small issues from escalating into more significant and costly problems. A small leak, for example, can gradually worsen and cause extensive damage to the underlying structure, insulation, and interior finishes of your home. Timely repairs can save you from expensive repairs or even the need for a full roof replacement.

Energy efficiency: A damaged roof can lead to energy inefficiency in your home. Gaps, leaks, or poor insulation can allow warm or cool air to escape, forcing your HVAC system to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature. This can result in increased energy consumption and higher utility bills. Repairing your roof helps maintain energy efficiency and reduces your environmental impact.

Home value and curb appeal: A well-maintained roof enhances the overall appearance and curb appeal of your home. If you plan to sell your property in the future, a roof in good condition can significantly increase its value and attract potential buyers. It gives them confidence that they won't have to worry about immediate roof repairs or replacements.

Safety and peace of mind: A sturdy and well-maintained roof provides peace of mind, knowing that your home and loved ones are protected. It ensures a safe and secure living environment, shielding you from the risks associated with roof failures, such as collapses or water damage.

Regular inspections, maintenance, and addressing roof repair needs promptly are essential for maximizing the lifespan of your roof, protecting your investment, and maintaining a safe and comfortable home.

What to look for when roof repairs are needed

Identify the problem: Start by inspecting your roof to identify any issues. Look for missing or damaged shingles, leaks, sagging areas, or signs of wear and tear.

Fixing shingles: If you have missing or damaged shingles, they should be replaced promptly. Lift the edges of the surrounding shingles, remove the damaged one, and install a new shingle in its place. Nail it down securely and ensure it blends with the surrounding shingles.

Fixing leaks: Roof leaks can cause significant damage if not addressed quickly. Locate the source of the leak by tracing any water stains or following water drips. Once identified, patch the leak using roofing cement or sealant. For larger or persistent leaks, it's best to consult a professional roofer.

Repairing flashing: Flashing is the material used to seal areas where the roof meets vertical surfaces such as chimneys or skylights. If the flashing is damaged or deteriorated, it can cause leaks. Remove the old flashing and install new flashing, ensuring a tight seal.

Addressing structural issues: If you notice sagging areas or structural problems with your roof, it's important to seek professional assistance. Structural issues require expertise and may involve reinforcing or replacing damaged components.

Regular maintenance: Regular roof maintenance can help identify and prevent potential problems. Keep your roof clean by removing debris, check for loose or damaged shingles, and ensure proper attic ventilation to prevent moisture buildup.

Remember, roof repair can be dangerous, and working at heights requires caution. If you're unsure about performing repairs yourself or if the issue is extensive, it's always recommended to consult a professional roofing contractor for a thorough assessment and appropriate repairs.

At Mountain Drainage Solutions we consider ourselves experts in water management. We have spent a decade developing the skills necessary to improve your homes water issues by providing excellent service and knowledge to help you make informed decisions.

We believe the first step to a happy and healthy home is maintaining its foundation and structure. Most problems related to water stem from ongoing issues with the gutter system. When you clean and repair a failing gutter system you can stop problems from snowballing out of control.

During each gutter cleaning we perform a full roof and gutter inspection, this prevents you from being blindsided with issues or possibly rainwater damage down the road.

Contact us today for a free estimate!



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